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Identity Politics and Political Thought:

After the hectic electoral campaigning in 2014 the polity has become so polarized that even intellectuals have taken sides rather than thought about what is happening in politics. Why has political identity rather than thought become so important today?
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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness
(Arundhati Roy)
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The Engineered Look: The Film Festival Circuit and the Aesthetics of the Global Art Film:
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This essay looks at how exhibition conditions have made it necessary for art films to appeal to an international audience before it addresses local experience in the home country. It explores through examples how the aesthetics of the art film have been transformed.
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The IPTA and the Political Trajectory of Ritwik Ghatak:
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An informative piece on the relationship between Ghatak and the Indian People’s Theatre Association which brought left-wing theatre to India.
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The Disruption and Reconstitution of Spectatorial Pleasures in Telugu Cinema:
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Telengana was a territory often lampooned in Telugu cinema, where the production apparatus was based in Andhra. How did Telugu cinema respond when Telengana became a reality as a state?
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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Female Avenger and Women's Empowerment:
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Stieg Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has been hailed as a ‘feminist’ novel because it deals with female abuse and vengeance. The essay looks at the novel from a feminist perspective, taking into account what feminism really means politically.
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The Library is Total:
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Phalanx 9 (August 2013) carried two translations (literal and literary) of JL Borges’ story The Library of Babel. In this essay the translator attempts to interpret the same story.
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Formalities Preserve Us:
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This is an interpretation of a poem Pisgah by the great English poet Geoffrey Hill (1932-2016). As to the origin of ‘Pisgah’ it is taken from Pisgah (biblical Hebrew Pisgah) a mountain summit in the land of Moab, in the territory of Reuben, where Balak a king of Moab described in the Hebrew Bible offered up sacrifices, and from which Moses viewed the promised land (Deuteronomy 3:27). It also designates a faint view or glimpse of something unobtainable or distant, especially as in in ‘Pisgah sight’ or ‘Pisgah view’.
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The Laboratory and the Theatre:
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This is an annotated translation into English of a 1949 Kannada essay by the great Kannada writer Purohita Thirunarayana Narasimhachar, which constructs an analogy between the chemistry laboratory and theatre and proposes a means by which this might be used to political ends.
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Claiming Independent India: Reflections on Ideological Conflict:
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The essay traces the decline of the Congress to the narrative of the independence struggle – the founding myth of the INC – having become irrelevant to a public predominantly of the post-Nehruvian neo-liberal era. What is the narrative a political party must construct for an India which is a 21st century fact, which does not need to refer back to freedom from colonialism for its legitimacy?
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